|Golden Motor Technology Co Ltd E-Wheelchair PW-8F20|
The Golden Motor Technology Co., E-Wheelchair PW-8F20 is a powered wheelchair that can be folded for purposes of storage and transport.
- Weighs 50.7 pounds
- 5 year LiFeP04, 24v, 180w battery
- Brushless hub motor
- Folds in seconds
- Load capacity- 265 pounds
- Speed: 5mph
- Battery range: 9.3 miles
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|Ease of use?||4.00||0||0|
|Justin from UK submitted this review on August 23rd 2014 at 10:23 AM. Justin is an end user who has one to six months of experience with the product.|
|Strengths:||Slow indoor use|
Smooth flat tarmac use
Great for long walks on Tarmac
Great for Football Matches etc
long lasting battery
Will go on airplanes or regular taxi/hire car
Jerky on uneven paving
Steers with strong camber
Need to use your feet to correct position/handling
Gets through tyres in months
|Comments:||I bought this to use all day every day and go to the shops and take on long outdoor ‘walks’ without worrying about Fuel levels. Also this is ideal for travel as it folds into regular sized cars/taxis and you can take it on a plane.|
Indoor use is fine but like any new powerchair, It takes a few weeks practice to stop ‘jerking’ or to stop where you want to stop. Its also noisier than I hoped. Its not annoyingly so like brush motors but still scares my cat ! It also creaks and groans like an old house. Cogging is another phenomenon it likes to do when turning slowly.
Outdoor use is fine but you do have to be eagle eyed for uneven tarmac or camber as it seems to act ‘funny’, with a mind of its own, going off in all directions as its lightweight wheels lose and gain purchase. Because it is foldable you can feel the small movement in the limbs. As it has solid tyres and no suspension, you will need a tough bum.
The PW-8F20 is so light it’s a victim of its own success. Loss of traction and camber runaway is a problem. Not a huge one but skidding and wheel spin is common place so I need new tyres already, after just 3 months extensive use. Use will ease the problem. Theres really no substitute for experience. However, it is designed for smaller people. If you are tall and heavy, it may be too uncomfortable for you as it is a concise chair (with a low back) and the seat cushion is not that good. However, The seat cushion is velcroed-in, so easily removed and replaced with a preferred cushion.
I went for the larger 20ah (10 hr charge with included 2A charger) battery and it has already returned an impressive 15 Km on smooth, flat Tarmac. I imagine it will do 18km when I feel adventurous enough to exhaust the battery miles from home. I weigh 80Kg. If I only charge it once per week and its good for 2000 cycles, then that’s 38 years ! Lifepo4 batteries are good for 5 years before decay.
I think the fuel gauge is actually a voltmeter and not an ammeter. A voltmeter is useless for gauging a lithium batterys levels as voltage only drops when 90% discharged. However, the 20ah battery is so big you need only recharge every 3-10 days (dependent on use) so you don’t need a fuel gauge. Also, youll get to know what it can and cant do when you factor recharge times.
In short, if you purchase this chair for indoor/easy outdoor use or to take on Holiday (theres lots of destinations that don’t rent powerchairs) and not have to worry about hiring a WAV (Wheelchair adapted vehicle), youre less than 6’ tall and 80Kg in weight, then this is perfect. If you are over 6’ tall and 80Kg, then the PW-8F20 could still be for you. Youll just be more cramped. Also it sips fuel which is invaluable peace of mind.
However, I must stress that the PW-8F20 is not for everyone. People without movement in their legs will find it frustrating and challenging (due to the handling on uneven paving/tarmac you need to push with your feet sometimes). The chairs strengths lie in the long lasting battery, slow indoors and smooth flat tarmac outdoors.
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